319 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Advice: Limited seating, small space.
I have always searched out chocolatiers as I’ve travelled around the world, in Seattle there is Theo and they roast the Cacao from bean to bar. Here at East Van Roasters they are the first of its kind to not only be roasting their Cacao beans locally, they also make the finished chocolate bars, it’s also a business that strives for social to be a leader in social enterprise, and it’s owned and operated by the Portland Hotel Community Services Society. Designed to provide training and employment to the women residents of the Rainier Hotel, run by Pastry Chef & Founder of Growing Chefs, Merri Schwartz and Shelley Bolton.
I shared some of the baked goods with my friend Benn Brtran, a Cheese Scone ($2.40) along with a Chocolate Croissant ($3.40) to go along with my Single Origin Drinking Chocolate ($4.75) and his Spicy Maya Drinking Chocolate ($4.75). You will find delicious organic drinking chocolate and coffees, hand rolled truffles, single-origin chocolate bars and select pastries.
It’s a beautiful room of exposed bricked walls, a see through window to watch the roasting action as well as a see through room to watch the chocolatiers making the chocolates and chocolate bars. There is much to look forward here including regular cuppings and tastings.
Review by: Richard Wolak